Tonawanda News —
The lineup for a free summer concert series has been announced in North Tonawanda with eight "easy listening" shows set to take place along the Niagara River between June and August.
Dixieland, polka and jazz will be some of the featured genres of music during the annual series put on by the City of North Tonawanda every most Thursdays at Raymond Klimek Veterans Park.
Patricia Brosius said the event has taken place for at least 20 years each summer in collaboration with the Greater Niagara Musicians Association, who organize the musical slate each year.
"They get a grant through the state," she said. "We pay half and they pay the other half so we can provide live music."
Other than inclement weather, she noted, the concerts allow for a little bit of summer fun in a city where concert offerings have grown over the last few years. Between 200 and 400 people generally attend the shows, which take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"The can bring their chairs, they can bring their coolers if they want," Brosius said. "They can go down to the river and enjoy the sounds every week except during Canal Fest."
The lineup is as follows:
• June 20: Jim Beishline and Jancie Mitchell Pop-Jazz American Song Book.
• June 27: Bar Room Buzzards Dixieland.
• July 4: Ralph Fava and Friends, featuring Cheryl Ferris.
• July 11: Kathy Carr American Song Book.
• July 25: Pic-A-Polka Band (Polish NIght)
• Aug. 1: Fonzi and Grandi (Italian Night)
• Aug. 8: Jim Sansone and Company.
• Aug. 15: Greater Niagara Musicians Concert Band.